bodice ripper


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bodice ripper

n. Informal
A romantic novel or film marked by seduction of a female protagonist, sustained drama, and sometimes violence.

bodice ripper

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) informal a romantic novel, usually on a historical theme, that involves some sex and violence

bod′ice rip`per



n.
a historical romance novel that includes scenes of sexual passion.
[1975–80, Amer.]
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Noun1.bodice ripper - a romantic novel containing scenes in which the heroine is sexually violated
romance - a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life
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